A set of quadruplets want to pursue careers in medicine in honor of their mother who passed away at the age of 36. When Toni Murphy died in 2001, she left five children behind, which include quadruplet daughters, who were 2 years old at the time.
But since then, Erin, Kelly, Rachel and Casey Murphy have progressed in leaps and bounds in their lives and are now college freshmen. And each of their endeavors honors their mother in a deeply profound way.
While three of the quadruplets study nursing at Rutgers University, Erin is at Oklahoma State University, studying veterinary medicine. What makes their story even more inspiring is that their mother, Toni, was a nurse for over 10 years before dying from an infection.
“I wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps,” Casey Murphy said. “My dad tells us stories a lot and [it was] just something that I wanted to do.”
After Toni’s passing, father Michael Murphy took care of the quadruplets by himself, as well as their older sister, Lyn. And the proud husband/father was determined to keep Toni’s memory alive for his daughters.
“I’ve got pictures of her up around the house and would always say, ‘Your mother used to do this,'” he said. “I kept those stories going to make sure that they knew that she was part of their lives even though they don’t remember too much of it.”
In her decade-plus experience, Toni worked in elementary schools and even as a prison nurse. Her career in obstetrics had a considerable influence on her children’s futures. “Ever since I knew about nurses, I always just wanted to be one,” Rachel Murphy said. “Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to help people.”
Despite all studying in similar fields, the quadruplets all have unique aspirations. While Kelly is interested in becoming a doctor, Casey is determined to find the cure to cancer. Rachel however, wants to be a nurse who specializes in flight trauma. Erin on the other hand, wants to be a vet.